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Sam’s Farwell

Sam’s Farwell

Todd and I gave our dog Sam a voice. You have to imagine this story being told by Sam in his voice.  It sounded a little like Barney… I woke up this morning with a cold. Have you ever heard a dog sneeze all day long? Well, I sneezed all day long. That was a new...
Knowing When to Make the Call

Knowing When to Make the Call

One, two, three pills, I counted. Do I call and request another refill? The prescription has been refilled many more times than I ever expected.  Or do I face up to things and schedule that dreaded appointment with the Vet? Or will Old Dog just keep getting weaker...
She Came to Lift Me Up

She Came to Lift Me Up

She came to us in the night, unannounced, unexpected. He came to us in the night, unannounced, unexpected. She stood at my bedside like a flame, setting my heart alight with love. He stood like a flame, setting hearts alight with Love. She came because she knew I was...
Love Me Anyways

Love Me Anyways

She was just past 63—years of age that is, not the Highway…or was that Highway 66? The Route they took to California when she became pregnant with her first son. Yes, I think that was 66. And now, counting on my fingers, I realize she was actually sixty-five. I am 63...
Mundane or Miraculous

Mundane or Miraculous

Runs. My mom called them runs. A pianist plays runs. She was expert at them. Her fingers sweeping over ivory, high and low registers, commanding the keyboard with precision and power, as if calling creation into being. I imagine there was music at creation—the richest...
Everyday Moments

Everyday Moments

In the dim light of dusk, following the season’s first snow, he unloads the dishwasher. Stacks of ceramic, handfuls of silver, and gleaming glass are put in place. She lies and listens, as if measuring her moments. Cupboards’ metal magnets snap shut from...
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